Macro core::ptr::addr_of_mut

1.51.0 · source ·
pub macro addr_of_mut($place:expr) {
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Create a mut raw pointer to a place, without creating an intermediate reference.

Creating a reference with &/&mut is only allowed if the pointer is properly aligned and points to initialized data. For cases where those requirements do not hold, raw pointers should be used instead. However, &mut expr as *mut _ creates a reference before casting it to a raw pointer, and that reference is subject to the same rules as all other references. This macro can create a raw pointer without creating a reference first.

The expr in addr_of_mut!(expr) is evaluated as a place expression, but never loads from the place or requires the place to be dereferenceable. This means that addr_of_mut!(*ptr) is defined behavior even if ptr is null, dangling, or misaligned. Note however that addr_of_mut!((*ptr).field) still requires the projection to field to be in-bounds, using the same rules as offset.

Note that Deref/Index coercions (and their mutable counterparts) are applied inside addr_of_mut! like everywhere else, in which case a reference is created to call Deref::deref or Index::index, respectively. The statements above only apply when no such coercions are applied.


Creating a pointer to unaligned data:

use std::ptr;

struct Packed {
    f1: u8,
    f2: u16,

let mut packed = Packed { f1: 1, f2: 2 };
// `&mut packed.f2` would create an unaligned reference, and thus be Undefined Behavior!
let raw_f2 = ptr::addr_of_mut!(packed.f2);
unsafe { raw_f2.write_unaligned(42); }
assert_eq!({packed.f2}, 42); // `{...}` forces copying the field instead of creating a reference.

Creating a pointer to uninitialized data:

use std::{ptr, mem::MaybeUninit};

struct Demo {
    field: bool,

let mut uninit = MaybeUninit::<Demo>::uninit();
// `&uninit.as_mut().field` would create a reference to an uninitialized `bool`,
// and thus be Undefined Behavior!
let f1_ptr = unsafe { ptr::addr_of_mut!((*uninit.as_mut_ptr()).field) };
unsafe { f1_ptr.write(true); }
let init = unsafe { uninit.assume_init() };